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Banning the sale of single-use plastic in national park facilities

Nothing mars a beautiful landscape like a pile of plastic trash. Plastic pollution threatens our right to a healthy environment and our ability to enjoy the vistas found only in our national parks, which include Oregon's Crater Lake.

Single-use plastics degrade every national park, and inaction to protect these spaces is unacceptable. These unique parks are supposed to safeguard our country's natural beauty, and it is up to us to ensure the parks thrive for future generations to enjoy.

In 2017, the Trump administration reversed Obama-era guidelines that allowed the National Park Service to ban the sale of single-use plastic water bottles in the parks. This policy diverted between 1.3 and 2 million disposable water bottles and prevented 111,743 pounds of plastic and 141 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from damaging our parks.

We need to reinstate these guidelines, so I just introduced legislation to restore them and ban the sale of single-use plastic water bottles in our national parks to help protect their one-of-a-kind landscapes for generations to come.

I'm looking to collect 5,000 grassroots co-signers on my bill to get this done. Can I count on you to help fight for a better future?



Posted on September 15, 2023.

Born in the small town of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, Jeff Merkley has never lost touch with his working class roots.

As a U.S. Senator, he works every day to create opportunity for working families, stop the corruption of our democracy, and tackle the climate crisis.

A workhorse and a progressive champion, Jeff Merkley is leading a movement to get our country back on track.

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